behind the scenes artists: directors, producers, creators, screenwriters, etc.
(See also Otakuphrenia: famous people)
(These people tend to be involved in a project in various ways: writing, producing, directing, visual effects, cinematography, etc. In many cases they outright created the project, as well as any other work they might do on it. It's all a bit confusing, so I'm not going to even try to keep track here of each role they played in getting stuff made. If they worked in any capacity on a project I've seen and enjoyed, I'll mention the project, without specifying their role in making it.)
Almost Human; Armageddon; Believe; Joy Ride; Lost; Revolution; Star Trek; Star Wars; Super 8; Undercovers; and a bunch of things I haven't seen but would like to.
Blazing Saddles; Get Smart; Life Stinks; Spaceballs; Young Frankenstein; and several things I hope to see someday.
Shorts like Vincent and Frankenweenie, as well as feature projects like Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter; the first couple of Batman movies; BeetleJuice; Big Eyes; Big Fish; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Corpse Bride; Dark Shadows; Edward Scissorhands; Frankenweenie; Mars Attacks!; The Nightmare Before Christmas; Pee-wee's Big Adventure; the Planet of the Apes remake; Sleepy Hollow; Sweeney Todd; etc.
The Abyss, Aliens, Avatar, Dark Angel, The Terminator, Terminator 2, Titanic,
Cannell, Stephen J.
21 Jump Street, The A-Team, The Greatest American Hero, Riptide, The Rockford Files, Silk Stalkings, Stingray, Wiseguy, etc. Plus hosting Scene of the Crime, appearing as himself on Castle, etc.
The Lone Gunmen, Millennium, The X-Files, etc.
Day, Felicia See favorite actors
Caper, Dragon Age: Redemption, The Flog, The Guild, Outlands, Spooked, Sword & Laser, Written by a Kid, etc.
Angel, Firefly, Supernatural, The Tick (the animated and live-action FOX series and the live-action Amazon series), Titan A.E., The Venture Bros.
The Amazing Screw-On Head, Dead Like Me, Heroes, Mockingbird Lane, Pushing Daisies, Star Trek: Voyager, Wonderfalls
12 Monkeys, The Brothers Grimm (which I didn't care for at all), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Fisher King, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Time Bandits, etc.
The Dark Crystal, Fraggle Rock, Labyrinth, Muppet Babies, The Muppet Show (and a bunch of Muppet movies), Sesame Street, The Storyteller, etc.
Kelley, David E.
Ally McBeal, Boston Legal, Chicago Hope, Doogie Howser, M.D., L.A. Law, Picket Fences, The Practice
Indiana Jones, Labyrinth, Star Wars, Willow, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, etc.
MacFarlane, Seth See voice actors M-N
He's done writing and/or producing and/or directing on episodes of other people's animated shows, including Dexter's Lab; Johnny Bravo; et al. But he's best known for his own animated creations, including American Dad!; Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy; The Cleveland Show; Family Guy; et al. He's also created and/or produced some live-action shows and movies, such as Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey; and The Orville. He's also an actor, and while some of it is live-action, I'm more familiar with his voice work (which is why I have his links there instead of here). Oh, and he's also a singer.
The Adventures of Tintin, Doctor Who, Jekyll, Sherlock
Darkman, Drag Me To Hell, the Evil Dead movies, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Jack of All Trades, The Quick and the Dead, the Spider-Man movies, Xena: Warriror Princess
Andromeda, Earth: Final Conflict, Star Trek, and some of its spin-off series and movies.
Gilmore Girls, which is pretty much all I know her for, but it's one of my favorite shows ever.
Shyamalan, M. Night
The Happening, Lady in the Water, The Last Airbender, Signs, The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, The Village, Wayward Pines.
Chasing Amy, Clerks, Dogma, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back (which I haven't seen yet), Jersey Girl, Mallrats, etc.
The Social Network, Sports Night, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, etc.
The Adventures of Tintin; An American Tail; Animaniacs; Back to the Future; Close Encounters of the Third Kind; E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial; Freakazoid!; The Goonies; Gremlins; Hook; the Indiana Jones movies; Invasion America; Jaws; Jurassic Park; Monster House; Pinky & the Brain; Poltergeist; Super 8; Taken; Tiny Toon Adventures; War of the Worlds, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, etc.
Straczynski, J. Michael
Babylon 5, Crusade, etc. And I'd like to read some of his comics someday....
Dexter's Laboratory, Hotel Transylvania, Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack, Star Wars: Clone Wars, Sym-Bionic Titan.
Thomas, Rob (not the singer)
Cupid (1998), Cupid (2009), iZombie, Veronica Mars, etc.
Alien Resurrection; Angel; The Avengers; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; The Cabin in the Woods; Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog; Dollhouse; Firefly; Roseanne; Serenity; Titan AE; Toy Story; etc.
The Back to the Future trilogy, Beowulf, Johnny Bago, Matchstick Men, Monster House, Tales From the Crypt, Who Framed Roger Rabbit